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Oklahoma Department of State Health push aside plans for 'megapods'

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Posted at 10:12 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 11:13:51-05

TULSA, Okla. — Plans for two "megapod" sites in Oklahoma are called off, for now, by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

State health officials said they were informed by the federal government the state would have to supply the pods from its own vaccine allocation.

“For the time being, we will not move forward with establishing these megapods," OSDH Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed said. “At this point, it’s on hold to bring those into the state.”

The blueprint for a Tulsa County megapod scrapped before it's started.

READ MORE: COVID-19 vaccine 'megapod' coming to Tulsa

Reed said OSDH set its sight on two separate sites in Oklahoma County and Tulsa County.

Each megapod administers 6,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine, per day. A third "medium" pod promised to stick one-thousand Oklahomans per day. The potential for 13,000 total daily vaccinations in the Sooner State was sidelined after state health officials were surprised to hear a change in plans from the U.S. government.

"We were told the fact that there was federal allocation coming with that was actually ‘pre-decisional," Reed said. “I can only assume that pre-decisional means they had the option to change their minds on it.”

Reed said the state simply lacks enough doses of Pfizer and Moderna doses to supply both megapods and vaccination clinics.

But, he said, 11,300 additional doses are on their way to the state in another fashion. Vials are expected to arrive at Walmart and Sam's Club this week.

Appointments are available Friday for Phase Groups One and Two.

Check out this list of store locations in Oklahoma providing the vaccine. You can register for an appointment now on Walmart and Sam's Club websites.


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